Promotional Process



Testing to the Rank of Lieutenant and Captain


All notification throughout the Promotional Process will be made by e-mail only from the
Illinois State Police Merit Board. 


Questions regarding the 2023 Promotional Process should be e-mailed to the Merit Board at: promotions@ispmeritboard.org.





Please use the link below to view the PROMOTIONAL TEST ANNOUNCEMENT for the 2023 Promotional Test for those testing to the rank of Lieutenant and Captain.






Testing to the rank of Lieutenant and Captain is scheduled for the week of September 18-22, 2023

Individual information will be released at a later date. Testing will take place at the Illinois State Police Merit Board Office in Springfield. Click the link below for an address and map.


Illinois State Police Merit Board Location








The Reading Lists for the 2023 Promotional Process to the rank of Lieutenant and Captain will be published by April 15, 2023.  











To be eligible to participate in the 2023 Promotional Process, all candidates must:

1. participate in the 2023 P3 Ratings session (*must elect to be considered for promotion in SPEAR),

2. complete the online Test Declaration form by required deadline, and

3. have obtained and provide proof of a bachelor’s degree by June 30, 2023.

The Test Declaration Form will be available from 8:30 AM on June 1, 2023,
 until 4:00 PM CST on June 30, 2023.






The online candidate orientation for those testing to the rank of Lieutenant and Captain will be available at a later date. 




The Study Guide for those testing to the rank of Lieutenant and Captain will be available at a later date.








The Illinois State Police Merit Board will offer candidates who participate in the 2023 Job Knowledge Exam to the rank of Lieutenant or Captain the opportunity to participate in a Post-Test Review.  


The Post-Test Review will be held following the 2023 test administration.  Information will be provided to candidates at a later date. 






Candidates are required to take the Promotional Examination at the designated sites and times determined by the State Police Merit Board except for two deviations: military leave or department authorized training
If you qualify for either of these deviations, you may apply for Remote Testing by completing a Remote Testing Request Form. The form is available for download at the link below.  The form must be submitted prior to any test administration in order to be considered for remote testing and for proper arrangements to be made.  
Please fully complete, sign and date the form and e-mail it to promotions@ispmeritboard.org. All requests will be reviewed and each candidate will receive a decision in writing.